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Early 2012 Budget Numbers from Montco Commissioners

Montgomery County Commissioners are meeting now to discuss the proposed 2012 budget.

The Montgomery County Commissioners are meeting right now at One Montgomery Plaza in Norristown, discussing the proposed county budget for 2012 – which includes a $44.4 million shortfall.

We'll be filing a story on today's meeting later in the day, but we have some preliminary numbers the commissioners are discussing that we thought folks might like to see.

2012 Budget Reductions

Shortfall – $44,424,664

1. No Pay Increase – $4.2 million

2. Reduce or Eliminate Appropriation Funding:

  • Library – $2.3 million
  • College – $2.5 million
  • Legal Aid – $288,800
  • Norristown – $266,300
  • – $114,000
  • Mass Transit – $307,000
  • All Others – $469,950

* The appropriation changes to Norristown, the library and Elmwood Park Zoo represent total eliminations.

3. Reduce Department Budgets to 2011 Levels with Exceptions – $7.9 million

4. Reduce Department Budgets 15 percent from 2011 Levels with Exceptions – $16.5 million

5. Eliminate or Downsize County Departments:

  • Eliminate Parks – $5.1 million
  • Eliminate Planning Commission – $2.5 million
  • Reduce Child Care Dependent Request – $610,000
  • Reduce Security & Sheriff's Department – $1 million
  • Recycling Fund – $89,830

Other Options

1. Tax Increase – .77 mills. A 28.6 percent increase (about $130 for the average homeowner.)

2. Decrease Ending Fund Balance

3. One Day Furloughs – $425,000

Check back with Patch later for more coverage of the commissioners' meeting and updates on where the proposed 2012 budget is going.

Sam Colucci December 07, 2011 at 04:22 PM
For those who want to make their comments to those in power to hear them go to http://www2.montcopa.org/montco/CWP/View.asp?a=11&q=83532 A high level breakdown of the budget is there as well. Check out the Corrections department budget. I sure would like to see a breakdown of that number. No trails and parks but cable and exercise for prisoners, I am sure. How about we sell off the assets in the prison and make it a place people really don't want to go.
Bob Guzzardi December 07, 2011 at 04:29 PM
Thanks Sam. This is information we can use.
Bob Guzzardi December 07, 2011 at 04:47 PM
The methodoly shows that the financial figures were extrapolated from 694 self selected users out of 397, 814 projected, or estimated, users. Of the 694, 65% were over 45.
Marc Lombardi December 07, 2011 at 04:56 PM
William: You'll never win unless the data you provide backs up their own agendas.
Bob Guzzardi December 07, 2011 at 05:06 PM
It could be that the Perkiomen Trail proponents are using thin data to advance thier agenda which would be more money from taxpayers. What is my agenda other than asking if we can afford this expenditure or whether the cost is justified by the benefit? What do you think it is?

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